BSC holds 70th Anniversary Dinner and Awards Evening

On Friday 15th February 2019, the BSC held its special Awards Night at the Grovesnor House Hotel in Mayfair, London and there was further success for DPs James Friend BSC and Alfonso Cuarón, plus triumphs for operators James Layton and Des Whelan Assoc. BSC. All images by Richard Blanshard.

Sights of the BSC Expo 2019

DoP and photographer Richard Blanshard was on-hand once more to capture the action, the collaboration and the excitement of the latest BSC Expo at Battersea Evolution earlier this month, and you can take in the sights and faces from this year's show here at British Cinematographer.

ASC Protests Academy’s Decision on Cinematography Oscar Presentation

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and their president Kees Van Oostrum have protested Monday's decision by AMPAS to present four Oscar categories, including Cinematography, during commercial breaks in the 91st Academy Awards' telecast on 24th February. Image: Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Nominees Announced for IMAGO International Awards for Cinematography

The nominees have been announced for the second IMAGO Awards ceremony on 16th March 2019, with Roger Deakins aiming for yet another trophy for his work on Blade Runner 2049.

Success for Shepperton Studios as Council support plans

Spelthorne Borough Council's Planning Committee has resolved to grant outline planning permission for the improvement and expansion of the world-renowned Shepperton Studios site in Surrey, England.

Alfonso Cuarón takes the BAFTA for Cinematography

The Favourite walked away with the most awards at this year's BAFTAs with seven, but it was Roma and DP Alfonso Cuarón who took the award for 'Best Cinematography' as one of four successes.

BSC members Friend and Goldman Triumph At ASC Awards

BSC members James Friend and Adriano Goldman triumphed in two of the television categories at the 33rd ASC Awards, held Saturday 9th February 2019, but there was disappointment for Robbie Ryan BSC ISC and The Favourite as he missed out to Łukasz Żal PSC's Cold War in the 'Theatrical Release' category.

Cine Gear Expo Returns to Paramount Studios on May 30th-June 2nd

Cine Gear Expo Hollywood will once again be held at historic Paramount Studios May 30-June 2, 2019. Now in its 24th year, this must-go-to event fills the actual sound stages and New York Street location sets of this revered venue.

Oscar winner Guillermo Navarro ASC to headline Red Masterclass at BSC Expo

RED Digital Cinema will present a Masterclass featuring Oscar winner Guillermo Navarro ASC at the upcoming BSC Expo in London. Navarro will be discussing his approach to cinematography in the digital age during the seminar that will take place Saturday, February 2, at 16.00.

BSC announce nominees for 2018 ‘TV Drama’ award

Following the announcement of the nominations for the 'Feature Film' accolade, the BSC have announced the 2018 nominations for the BSC 'Best Cinematography in a TV Drama' award.

BSC Expo 2019 announces seminar schedule

To compliment the 150 + exhibiting companies at BSC Expo 2019, the final seminar schedule has been announced for its 2019 event and it includes Oscar-winning cinematographers Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC and Guillermo Navarro ASC AMC.

Roger Pratt BSC receives Special BAFTA Award

Oscar-nominated Cinematographer Roger Pratt BSC was recognised with a Special Award for outstanding contribution to cinematography at a BAFTA tribute event to him last Sunday (20 January). Image credit: BAFTA/Danny Cozens

Panavision Showcases Complete Imaging Ecosystem at BSC Expo

Panavision, the world-class provider of end-to-end solutions that power the creative vision of filmmakers, will return to BSC Expo (1-2 February) with a demonstration of the company’s comprehensive and expanding ecosystem for feature film, television and commercial productions.

BSC’s Robbie Ryan Is Oscar Contender As Nominations Are Revealed

Robbie Ryan BSC ISC is in contention to make it consecutive Oscars for BSC members in the 'Best Cinematography' category after being chosen in the 91st Academy Awards nominations for his work on The Favourite. There was also arguably a surprise contender in the mix, as the final five were revealed earlier today.

BSC holds 70th Anniversary Dinner and Awards Evening

On Friday 15th February 2019, the BSC held its special Awards Night at the Grovesnor House Hotel in Mayfair, London and there was further success for DPs James Friend BSC and Alfonso Cuarón, plus triumphs for operators James Layton and Des Whelan Assoc. BSC. All images by Richard Blanshard.

Sights of the BSC Expo 2019

DoP and photographer Richard Blanshard was on-hand once more to capture the action, the collaboration and the excitement of the latest BSC Expo at Battersea Evolution earlier this month, and you can take in the sights and faces from this year's show here at British Cinematographer.

ASC Protests Academy’s Decision on Cinematography Oscar Presentation

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and their president Kees Van Oostrum have protested Monday's decision by AMPAS to present four Oscar categories, including Cinematography, during commercial breaks in the 91st Academy Awards' telecast on 24th February. Image: Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Nominees Announced for IMAGO International Awards for Cinematography

The nominees have been announced for the second IMAGO Awards ceremony on 16th March 2019, with Roger Deakins aiming for yet another trophy for his work on Blade Runner 2049.

Success for Shepperton Studios as Council support plans

Spelthorne Borough Council's Planning Committee has resolved to grant outline planning permission for the improvement and expansion of the world-renowned Shepperton Studios site in Surrey, England.

Alfonso Cuarón takes the BAFTA for Cinematography

The Favourite walked away with the most awards at this year's BAFTAs with seven, but it was Roma and DP Alfonso Cuarón who took the award for 'Best Cinematography' as one of four successes.

Across the Pond

January 2019: A Common Language Among Filmmakers

Mark London Williams picks up where he left off in his column last time with a chat with Robert Richardson ASC, and also picks up soundbites from Jeffrey Jur, winner of the ASC's 'Career Achievement in TV' award. There's nods to Oscar and ASC nominees Robbie Ryan and Łukasz Żal, and he takes a look at DP Zak Mulligan's work on We The Animals.

Close-Up

Eric Steelberg ASC / The Front Runner

The circumstances surrounding the political scandal of Senator Gary Hart are the subject of The Front Runner, directed by Jason Reitman and starring Hugh Jackman. DP Eric Steelberg ASC speaks exclusively to Trevor Hogg and British Cinematographer about his seventh collaboration with Reitman. Image c/o Columbia Pictures.

Close-Up

Łukasz Żal – Cold War

A Silver Frog champion at the 2018 EnergaCamerimage festival, DP Łukasz Żal' PSCs collaboration with filmmaker Paweł Pawlikowski, Cold War is certainly hotting up during awards season. Żal speaks exclusively to Trevor Hogg and British Cinematographer in this extended interview about the sheer volume of prep-work needed, the use of black and white and high contrast imagery, and which scene perfectly encapsulates how the film was shot. Image c/o Amazon Studios.

Close-Up

Alfonso Cuarón / Roma

Streaming now on Netflix, Roma is a semi-biographical take on legendary Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón's upbringing in the nation's capital, and has already won Venice's Golden Lion and a Bronze Frog at Camerimage.
He speaks exclusively to Trevor Hogg and British Cinematographer about painting his memories on-screen in a contemporary black-and-white look, rotoscoping almost every shot, and restaging the infamous Corpus Christi Massacre.
Image by Carlos Somonte.

Across the Pond

December 2018: Open Houses and Holiday Gatherings

Mark London Williams' cup has positively "runneth over" during the past month, and he reflects on hectic events on the cinematography scene in L.A. this past month. Read on about Band Pro Film & Digital honoring of Dean Cundey ASC's The Thing, Tiffen Company's open house, Women in Media’s Holiday Celebration and upcoming ASC honoree Robert Richardson ASC.

Talking Heads

Mike Eley BSC “Credit Worthy”

In the November 2018 edition of British Cinematographer, Mike Eley BSC's President's column got us thinking about the ways in which cinematographers, and other below-the-line departments, are currently getting squeezed out of public acknowledgement.

Innovator

Gerhard Baier – Leitz Cine Wetzlar

Ernst Leitz Wetzlar is the new name of the CW Sonderoptic lens manufacturing company - a homage to Ernst Leitz, who created Leica over a century ago in the German city of Wetzlar. MD Gerhard Baier talks to us about the blossoming of the company.

Close-Up

Nanu Segal / An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn

Stylish, absurdist comedy, An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn, was shot in the remote Californian town of Eureka. Here, British DP and NFTS graduate, Nanu Segal talks us through the unique creative challenges she faced bringing the low-budget indie to life.

Clapperboard

Nina Kellgren BSC

Recently named the BFI’s most prolific female cinematographer, Nina Kellgren BSC, now an IMAGO board member, has garnered a 30-year career which has brought her BAFTAs along with respect and admiration. Read about how she began her odyssey with Kurosawa, how Channel 4's launch shaped her future in the '80s, and why she is pursuing more inclusivity for female DPs.

Close-Up

John Pardue BSC / Luther

Multi-award winning BBC crime drama Luther returns to TV screens tonight (January 1st) for a new four-part series. DP John Pardue shot the episodes and wrote in to British Cinematographer to tell us all about creating their stunning visuals. Image: BBC - Photographer: Des Willie

Meet the New Wave

Will Baldy

Will Baldy found a means of escapism through filmmaking and learnt as he went along - shooting whatever he could and following the advice of his peers to get out there and "start lighting". Learn more about his journey so far.

Close-Up

Barry Ackroyd BSC / The Outlaw King

Cinematographer Barry Ackroyd BSC's latest work, on Netflix's Robert The Bruce biopic, The Outlaw King, saw him use Panavision Millenium DXL cameras paired with Panavision Primo 70 large format lenses and Angénieux Optimo zooms. Read on to discover how the film's epic Scottish landscapes and visceral battle sequences translated to screen.

Gaffers R Us

Paul McGeachan

Glaswegian Paul McGeachan worked his way up from being a qualified electrician, to the stores, to fully-fledged gaffer on titles like The Danish Girl, The King's Speech and Florence Foster Jenkins. Learn more about the man himself in our latest feature.

Close-Up

Newton Thomas Sigel ASC / Bohemian Rhapsody

A celebration of Queen and their frontman Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody was lit by American cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel ASC. He tells British Cinematographer about the processes behind spectacularly recreating the band’s iconic Live Aid concert, the changing looks during the band’s rise to fame, and his enthusiasm for visually placing moments back in time.

Talking Heads

Steven Poster ASC
“Wait and see!”

Steven Poster ASC, national president, International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600, recounts how patience can be its own reward when it comes to maintaining artistic intent.

On the Job

John Mathieson BSC / Mary Queen Of Scots

Mary Queen Of Scots is a powerful telling of the relationship between the title character and Elizabeth I in the 16th Century. DP John Mathieson BSC reveals how he contrasted the different looks of the two feature characters, how the older lights were ideal, and why he took full advantage of the period locations.

Spotlight

Pinewood Creative Services

Pinewood Group offers more than just massive sound stages, facilities and backlots. Through its Pinewood Creative Services, a whole film and TV workflow is available to productions worldwide, encompassing everything from front-end dailies to DI, from immersive audio to localisation dubbing, and from on-set HDR camera tests to remote collaboration with DPs and the world’s biggest VFX facilities.

Camera Creative

Dick Pope BSC / Peterloo

The acclaimed productionPeterloo, shot by Dick Pope BSC, depicts a bloody and brutal episode in British history. Pope tells us why there is never a conventional script on director Mike Leigh’s production, how he rose to the challenge of shooting the spectacular massacre sequence, and how Akira Kurosawa’s techniques influenced how he captured the battle.

Across the Pond

November 2018: Out of Darkness, Cometh Light

Mark London Williams is full of reflection as the year comes to a close in L.A. as he mourns the loss of Nicolas Roeg. Color and low-light are also on his mind with a chat to Mary Poppins Returns costume designer Sandy Powell seguing nicely across to production designer on Camerimage winner The Favourite, Fiona Crombie. There's also more reflection with DP Charlotte Bruus Christensen DFF, and a visit to the American Film Market in a packed edition this month.

Close-Up

Linus Sandgren FSF / First Man

Linus Sandgren FSF reunited with La La Land director Damien Chazelle to capture the tale of Neil Armstrong's moon voyage in First Man, a contender for the Golden Frog at this month's ENERGAcamerimage festival. Trevor Hogg speaks in depth with Sandgren about film formats, utilising giant LED screens, and the grand use of IMAX for the iconic landing scene.

Close-Up

Florian Hoffmeister BSC / The Terror

Screening this week at the EnergaCAMERIMAGE festival as one of the contenders for the 'First Look - TV Pilots' prize is Florian Hoffmeister BSC's work on AMC series The Terror, a fantasy-horror set aboard two ships venturing into Arctic waters. DP Hoffmeister tells us all about capturing a nautical journey gone wrong in gorgeous, excruciating detail (Photo Credit: Aidan Monaghan/AMC).

Close-Up

Sean Bobbitt BSC / Widows

American heist caper Widows, helmed by director Steve McQueen and DP Sean Bobbitt BSC, releases this month in cinemas having premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Trevor Hogg gets into the details with Bobbitt about how the project came about, shooting primarily on location and how to make it work in 'one shot'.

Across the Pond

January 2019: A Common Language Among Filmmakers

Mark London Williams picks up where he left off in his column last time with a chat with Robert Richardson ASC, and also picks up soundbites from Jeffrey Jur, winner of the ASC's 'Career Achievement in TV' award. There's nods to Oscar and ASC nominees Robbie Ryan and Łukasz Żal, and he takes a look at DP Zak Mulligan's work on We The Animals.

Close-Up

Eric Steelberg ASC / The Front Runner

The circumstances surrounding the political scandal of Senator Gary Hart are the subject of The Front Runner, directed by Jason Reitman and starring Hugh Jackman. DP Eric Steelberg ASC speaks exclusively to Trevor Hogg and British Cinematographer about his seventh collaboration with Reitman. Image c/o Columbia Pictures.

Close-Up

Łukasz Żal – Cold War

A Silver Frog champion at the 2018 EnergaCamerimage festival, DP Łukasz Żal' PSCs collaboration with filmmaker Paweł Pawlikowski, Cold War is certainly hotting up during awards season. Żal speaks exclusively to Trevor Hogg and British Cinematographer in this extended interview about the sheer volume of prep-work needed, the use of black and white and high contrast imagery, and which scene perfectly encapsulates how the film was shot. Image c/o Amazon Studios.

Close-Up

Alfonso Cuarón / Roma

Streaming now on Netflix, Roma is a semi-biographical take on legendary Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón's upbringing in the nation's capital, and has already won Venice's Golden Lion and a Bronze Frog at Camerimage.
He speaks exclusively to Trevor Hogg and British Cinematographer about painting his memories on-screen in a contemporary black-and-white look, rotoscoping almost every shot, and restaging the infamous Corpus Christi Massacre.
Image by Carlos Somonte.

Across the Pond

December 2018: Open Houses and Holiday Gatherings

Mark London Williams' cup has positively "runneth over" during the past month, and he reflects on hectic events on the cinematography scene in L.A. this past month. Read on about Band Pro Film & Digital honoring of Dean Cundey ASC's The Thing, Tiffen Company's open house, Women in Media’s Holiday Celebration and upcoming ASC honoree Robert Richardson ASC.

Talking Heads

Mike Eley BSC “Credit Worthy”

In the November 2018 edition of British Cinematographer, Mike Eley BSC's President's column got us thinking about the ways in which cinematographers, and other below-the-line departments, are currently getting squeezed out of public acknowledgement.

Innovator

Gerhard Baier – Leitz Cine Wetzlar

Ernst Leitz Wetzlar is the new name of the CW Sonderoptic lens manufacturing company - a homage to Ernst Leitz, who created Leica over a century ago in the German city of Wetzlar. MD Gerhard Baier talks to us about the blossoming of the company.

Issue 91 – January 2019

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